The mayor of Charleston says he wants more testing done on the area's water, so he proposed a plan Feb. 18 to make it happen.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said a company will submit its numbers for home testing in Charleston by Feb. 19. Jones said the company is from Ohio, but he did not want to release the name of the business until the plans are finalized.
"I think it's vital that we do test our water," sad one Charleston resident. "If someone could come in here and do that I'd be all for it."
Jones was on national television Feb. 17, and said he is putting a plan in place for limited home testing and business testing in the capital city, independent of any other testing that has been done.
He discussed that idea during a finance meeting prior to the regularly scheduled city council meeting Tuesday evening.
Jones said as far as a timeline goes, it's going to take at least two weeks due to city council procedure. As far as funding goes, he says he will find the money.
"I've got an incentive fund," Jones said. "We can just take it out of that. It's got a few hundred thousand dollars in it."
The issue the mayor is attempting to tackle is the city's branding. If people don't feel safe, no one is going to want to travel here and if people don't travel here, that means a big economic loss, he said.
"Most of the damage is going to be done in the future, it's not going to be now," he said. "You book those events two and three and four years out."
For now, he said, city residents will not be paying the price for his plan and you will not see any fee increases as a result.
"We have issues," he said. "We have issues with fees. But as far as this goes, this won't affect that."
The mayor said he wants each council member to choose a couple of homes from each ward in the city. The original projected cost for the project was estimated to be around $50,000, but the he said that will probably increase.